Semi-retired driver Sébastien Loeb scores first WRC win in more than five years

Sébastien Loeb claimed his first WRC victory in more than five years in a drama-filled finale at the RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España on Sunday afternoon.

The nine-time world champion, making his final guest appearance of the season with Citroën Racing, edged defending title holder Sébastien Ogier by 2.9 seconds to conclude the four-day mixed surface event.

Ogier’s consolation was that he regained the championship lead by three points from Thierry Neuville with one round remaining. The Belgian was relegated from third to fourth, and missed out on crucial bonus points, after hitting a stone near the finish.

Loeb, who retired from full-time competition in 2012, last stood on the winners’ podium in Argentina in 2013.

He was third overnight but charged into the lead by winning Sunday’s opening two speed tests as an inspired tire choice reaped rewards.

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